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Electronic Records Managment
Computerized Physician Order Management Supports Patient Safety and Streamlines Workflow
As part of creating a safer and more effective care delivery environment for our patients, Lee Memorial Health System is now providing tools for physicians to electronically manage their patients’ orders and electronically document patient care. On May 11, Computerized Physician Order Management (CPOM) and Documentation will be implemented at all Lee Memorial Health System hospital facilities and clinics.
“Electronic health records (EHR) are a vital part of the future of health care delivery—allowing the secure sharing of information and enabling us to deliver high quality patient care in a more coordinated and efficient manner,” says Mike Smith, chief information officer.
Lee Memorial Health System uses the Epic EHR system in all of its hospitals and most Lee Physician Group offices. Epic is the premier EHR available in the market today and many of the leading health care systems across the country are currently using Epic. “Implementing Computerized Physician Order Management (CPOM) is an essential step for Lee Memorial Health System to continue to deliver the finest and safest patient care,” Mike says. “It will provide tools which will automate and enhance the workflow of our physicians.”
The physician’s workflow will significantly change with the implementation of CPOM, says neurologist, William Carracino, M.D. “Rather than relying upon a paper medical chart to record the patient’s treatment plan and findings, physicians will be documenting and ordering directly in the patient’s electronic chart, reducing legibility and transcription concerns,” he says.
Tools in Epic will provide real-time alerts to physicians to assist them with identifying drug allergies or potential adverse medication interactions. The system will support physicians as they make decisions through the use of clinical order sets, treatment guidelines and evidence-based clinical knowledge.
“Physicians are able to access and manage the patient’s medical chart at point-of- care or remotely from their office or home,” says Leah Lynch, M.D. “Real-time documentation of tests, diagnoses and notes in Epic will provide physicians and other care providers with up-to-date information so they are able to develop the best treatment plan for the patient. Our goal is to equip the physicians with the best tools available to enhance the care of their patients.”
Lee Memorial Health System also offers patients a secure way to access their own medical records through the MyChart® system. This online portal is available to patients of physicians who utilize Epic in their office. Patients can view their health summary, medications and most test results in the system. They can manage their appointments, request prescriptions and send secure messages to the physician’s office.
“We are committed to leveraging clinical information technology to support our goal of delivering our patients and their families the best and safest possible care,” Mike says. “Through the implementation of Computerized Physician Order Management in Epic, we will be able to achieve those goals.”
““Physicians are able to access and manage the patient’s medical chart at point-of-care or remotely from their office or home,” says Leah Lynch, M.D.